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Raymond Carver: What We Talk About When We Talk About Love and Will You Please Be Quiet, Please?

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The first was inevitable after Birdman. The second was sitting nearby in the Chicago Public Library. Both Vintage Contemporaries.

The first one went fast, the second slow.

The first full of familiar titles; the short story they got Jindabyne out of, Paul Kelly's So Much Water So Close to Home, Transat's Popular Mechanics, Nick Cave clearly picked up on Tell The Women We're Going. And so forth.

He got better with age. The first was honed in ways the second was not.

Lots of smoking. Endless smoking. In both. Some drinking.

The first is for Tess. The second for Maryann.

From the wiki, the first was bowdlerized. I get the impression that Beginners contains what Carver really talked about when he talked about love.